My kiddies finish school today. They get almost a full month of holiday! We will spend a couple of weeks here and a couple of weeks exploring the Caribbean Coast. AZ’s parents are here now, so the next couple of weeks will be full of more showing-and-telling and Christmassy activities.

Over the past week, the kids have each participated in a novena, which is a traditional Roman Catholic holiday gathering, generally involving music, prayer and a Nativity Scene. There have been novenas around the housing compound all week and we have been invited to one this coming Thursday. I am a little nervous, as I am not one to pray (or sing, for that matter) but I am sure I will find a way to blend-in somehow. One of our neighbours hosted a novena last night and had the most amazing Colombian band playing (similar to this). I am working up the guts to go ask them about it today.

We were not invited to E and S’s novenas, but W’s was outstanding. Again, he had a Spanish-speaking role and, this time, he danced the Cumbia. The drama teacher was great, belting out, “Cuuuumbiaaaa!!!”, while clapping and whooping. The teachers played instruments and sang, while the kids danced and sang around two more classmates dressed as Mary (holding a baby Jesus) and Joseph. W asked me not to film the “one inappropriate part”, where he dances with a girl.

Apparently, I have to make W a pair of white pants:


E and S woke easily this morning as apparently their teachers were going to hold a novena and they were going to be able to watch.


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